11.27.2012

Things You Need: The Knitter's Curiosity Cabinet by Hunter Hammersen

Today's featured author is Hunter Hammersen, whose work you may already be familiar with through her wildly popular first book, Silk Road Socks. Today, though, I wanted to share with you a little bit about how much I like her latest couple of books, The Knitter's Curiosity Cabinet and Rabble Rousers. Let's start with Curiosity Cabinet, shall we?

This has such a gorgeous cover I've been leaving it out on my coffee table ever since it arrived!

This book contains twenty patterns, each inspired by a particular variety of flower or plant. What I find incredibly ingenious here is that there are two designs for every inspiration - one sock pattern, and one accessory pattern. Even better, instead of developing one stitch pattern and applying it to a pair of socks and a coordinating accessory, Hunter has actually taken the time to give each design has its own unique stitch pattern that relates back to the inspiration. Brilliant!

Pinus Silvestris Hat is one of my favorites

I particularly loved all of the little extra pretty things throughout, like the antique, hand-drawn illustrations depicting each of the inspirations. These are so pretty, you'll be tempted to rip them right out of the book and frame them! (But, you know....don't.)

  
The incredible collection of flora illustrations really makes this book quite special!

The front of the book has a lovely intro section all about the history of curiosity cabinets. Who knew that today's variety of decorative hutches had their beginning in science? Not I!

I am so happy to have added this book to my library; not only is it incredibly lovely to look at, but it also contains so many lovely patterns that I have a feeling I'll be referencing it often for quick gift knitting. I'm also thinking that I need a pair of these Dianthus Superbus Socks for myself!

Loasa Lateritia and Dianthus Superbus socks show off Hunter's interpretation of their namesakes

The Knitter's Curiosity Cabinet is available in hardback for $26.95 from Amazon, or as a digital eBook for $18.95 from Ravelry. About half of the patterns are also available individually for $6.00; check Ravelry for more details.
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Also new from Hunter is her very newest book, Rabble Rousers. This is a 7-piece accessory collection in the same beautiful style as the previous book, this time in a much more condensed 24 pages.

Another gorgeous cover!



Talk about bang for your buck! This collection retails for only $12.95 in print or $10.95 for digital, and odds are, if you like one of these patterns, you like them all. (That Clamor cloche is really calling my name! The beauty!) Once again, each knit is styled and photographed absolutely beautifully, making this a book you'll really want to show off. 

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Hunter has generously offered a print/digital combo of The Knitter's Curiosity Cabinet and Rabble Rousers to two lucky winners! To enter, leave a comment below stating which book you'd prefer to win.

If you're on Twitter and would like an extra entry, tweet the following:

"Enter to win a FREE copy of Knitter's Curiosity Cabinet or Rabble Rousers from @TheSexyKnitter & @HunterHammersen! http://tinyurl.com/huntergiveaway

Winners will be chosen via the Random Number Generator. I'll announce the winners on December 1st, and the winners will each have 3 days to claim their prize or I'll select someone else.

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49 comments:

  1. I would prefer to win The Knitter's Curiosity Cabinet

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  2. I have been lusting over The Knitter's Curiosity Cabinet for months.

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  3. I have had The Knitter's Curiosity Cabinet on my wishlist for almost a year now! I would love to be able to own a copy.

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  4. oooooh! I'd love the Knitter's Curiosity Cabinet, those patterns are lovely! I have yet to knit any lacy socks, but it might encourage me to take the plunge.

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  5. I'd love the Curiosity Cabinet.

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  6. Definitely the Knitter's curiosity cabinet! Those sock patterns are calling me.

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  7. Ditto on The Knitter's Curiosity Cabinet - I have a sock stitching master gardener friend that would love this.

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  8. Oh man! I'd love both but I don't knit many socks so I'll have to go for Rabble Rousers.

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  9. Me too - I love the The Knitter's Curiosity Cabinet. The socks on the cover are calling my name!

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  10. I would love to win the Knitter's Curiosity Cabinet. What a great name for a book!

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  11. Those socks are absolutely gorgeous! I'd love to win the Knitter's Curiosity Cabinet. I'm drooling over these patterns.

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  12. I'd love to get my hands on the Knitter's Curiosity Cabinet!

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  13. I'd love either, but my first choice is the Knitter's Curiosity Cabinet.

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  14. I would live to win the Knitters Curiosity Cabinet. Such pretty things.

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  15. Both books looke like so much fun. Since I have to pick, I would choose The Knitter's Curiosity Cabinet. It would be fun to pick sock pattenrs to knit for my Mom who has a fabulous green thumb. I knit her a pair of socks every year for birthday/Mother's Day.

    Thanks for introducing us to these great books.

    Lynn

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  16. I would love to win the Knitter's Curiosity Cabinet. I love the idea of having a pair of socks with each design inspiration.

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  17. Oh, my goodness...such a hard choice...but, I'll have too go with the Knitter's Curiosity Cabinet

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  18. I would love to win The Knitter's Curiosity Cabinet! So lovely...

    And I tweeted it here: https://twitter.com/ginnylambda/status/273663513451438080

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  19. The Knitter's Curiosity Cabinet definitely peaks my curiosity. Would love to win it!

    halloweentango on Rav.

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  20. I would love to win Rabble Rousers, haven't done much sock knitting lately, accessories are what I'm into right now

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  21. I would love The Knitter's Curiosity Cabinet,it look amazing.Amazing giveaway,thanks for the chance to win it.

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  22. Knitter's Curiosity Cabinet please!! :)

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  23. AS a Master Gardener, I'd like the Knitter's Curiosity Cabinet. Gorgeous patterns!

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  24. They are both beautiful books! I love the idea of a curiosity cabinet - and the extension into knitting is just brilliant. Win, win!

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  25. I would love to win Rabble Rousers. I also love the Clamor pattern!

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  26. I LOVE the patterns in The Knitter's Curiosity Cabinet, so I would love to win that book.

    Thanks for a great giveaway

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  27. Both books sound wonderful but I think I have a slight preference for The Knitter's Curiosity Cabinet

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  28. https://twitter.com/cmouse01/status/273867220935909376

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  29. I'd love to win the Rabble Rousers book! :) Second entry on Twitter, coming up as soon as I've finished posting this. ;)

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  30. I would like to win The Knitter's Curiosity Cabinet.

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  31. I would love to win The Knitter's Curiosity Cabinet. I love how he incorporates flora and fauna patterns into his designs!

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  32. I so want both of these books. If I can only have one I will go with Cabinet of Curiosities.

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  33. I would love Rabble Rousers - thanks!

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  34. I'd love a closer look at the Knitter's Curiosity Cabinet - lovely socks on the cover!

    Please enter me in the Giveaway!

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  35. I checked out more of the Knitter's curiosity cabinet on Raverly and it looks absolutely want-worthy! Love plants, love knitting, need I say more?

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  36. I would love the Knitter's Curiousity Cabinet. Thanks!

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  37. I tweeted here:
    https://twitter.com/DebbieGussek/status/274236355880566785

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  38. They both look great and I wouldn't turn down either one! However since I have to pick I would go with Rabble Rouser.

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  39. I would go with Rabble Rouser. Though I love the Dianthus Superbus from the Curiosity Cabinet.

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  40. Such a hard choice!! I'd go with The Knitter's Curiosity Cabinet. The cover socks are gorgeous and I love making socks. Now I'm off to tweet. What a great giveaway!

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  41. OOh would LOVE to win the The Knitter's Curiosity Cabinet

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  42. Would love either of them - but The Knitter's Curiousity Cabinet has more to delve into, so I would pick that one!

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  43. I think I've already missed the giveaway, but just want to say how much I'd like to own the Curiosity Cabinet :)

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  44. Missed? Oh no! But the KCC was a great prize!

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